NHL.com asked 61 of the League’s top players for their opinions at the NHL European and North American Player Media Tours on topics surrounding the game and its players. The seventh installment of a series that will run each Friday for the next several weeks focuses on which arena the 61 players believe is the hardest to play at for visiting players in the NHL today.
Bridgestone Arena strikes the most fear into opposing players of any building in the NHL.
The home of the Nashville Predators — famous for its boisterous fans, live concerts during intermissions, honky-tonk atmosphere and the occasional celebratory catfish tossed from the crowd — was named by 15 of 61 NHL players as the hardest rink for visiting teams to play.
Boisterous fans. Live concerts. Rowdy atmosphere.
For opposing players, the home of the @PredsNHL is not a welcome sight.
— NHL (@NHL) November 16, 2018
I’m a bit surprised some of the classic NHL cities did not rank higher. For me, the history of the building/team would be a factor…